HC Deb 08 August 1980 vol 990 cc458-9W
Mr. Marlow

asked the Secretary of State for Energy what the proportion of labour and fuel in the costs of electricity generation has been for each of the last five years.

Mr. Norman Lamont

On the basis of table 21 in its annual report and accounts for 1979–80, and comparable tables in previous reports, the following information is available for the CEGB:

Mr. Alton

asked the Secretary of State for Energy if he will make a statement on the privatisation of electricity production, particularly with regard to the maintenance of safety standards in nuclear installations.

Mr. Norman Lamont

My recent announcement about the proposed relaxation of the prohibition on supply or distribution of electricity as the main activity of a business other than an electricity board was a general statement of the Government's intention. I shall, of course, consult fully with interested parties before bringing forward specific proposals. There will be no relaxation of any of the consents, regulations or specific requirements placed upon nuclear installations.

Mr. Skeet

asked the Secretary of State for Energy, under plans for the privatisation of electricity generation, whether it would be necessary for applicants to apply for the usual authorisations; and whether they would be free to build stations using the fuel of their choice including nuclear fuel.

Mr. Norman Lamont

I would expect the usual authorisations and consents to apply, but I shall be having consultations with interested parties before bringing forward my specific proposals. The construction of a power station to generate electricity for use wholly or mainly by persons other than the owner of the station requires my consent.

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